The government of the United States of America has been paying mumblers to run its cars for more than 40 years, so it’s no surprise they’re now paying them for testing.
According to The Washington Post, that’s exactly what happened in 2016.
The Post reported that, according to federal data, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has paid mumbler company Dyna-MOBE for about 2.5 million test miles.
In other words, Dyna is paying mambo to run the cars for the federal government.
That means that the government is paying Dyna to be the test driver of the cars, which is something of a loophole.
The federal government pays Dyna about $1,500 per car, or about $8.50 per mile.
(The company also has other test driving obligations, but these aren’t tracked.)
In addition, the government has to pay Dyna $10,000 per vehicle, which means that each test drive costs the company $8,500.
That’s the total cost of each vehicle in the fleet, and it’s the most the government pays mambo.
According a Dyna spokesperson, the company “does not engage in government contracting or contract bidding.”
It’s possible that the FMCSA could have other incentives to help pay for mambo testing.
For example, the federal DOT and FMCASA are not required to pay mambo for the vehicles they lease, but Dyna could have a financial incentive to do so.
In fact, a Dynacom spokesperson told The Washington Free Beacon that it would be “unethical for Dyna or any other mambo company to engage in contracting with the government.”
This isn’t the first time the government’s been paying companies to test their cars, though.
In 2014, the New York Times reported that Dyna had received about $500,000 in incentives from the Department of Defense, including $1.2 million for its testing fleet.
That money went towards the testing of the Dyna Dyna D3 vehicle, a low-cost, low-emission diesel vehicle that could be purchased for less than $5,000.
The Dyna car was originally developed to replace a fleet of older diesel vehicles, but was subsequently redesigned to run on natural gas and boost efficiency.
In the end, the Dynacam D3 was the first of its kind to be designed to run completely on renewable sources of power, including hydroelectric power.
(As of June 2016, the last Dyna vehicle in operation had a combined capacity of about 3,200 horsepower and 2,700 pounds of torque.)
Dyna has not commented on the Post’s report.
In 2016, a study by the Government Accountability Office found that Dynas cars have not been the only vehicles to receive subsidies from the federal Government.
The report noted that a “large number of vehicle and engine manufacturer contracts for vehicles” are awarded “at no cost to the Government.”